Registry Info for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Registry Info for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Registration Information for Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals

Are you a health care professional that received training outside of Canada? To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC, applicants must be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Application Process:

Step 1 – Submit Online Application

The Registry will review your application to ensure it is complete. Additional documentation may be requested. Qualified applicants will be referred to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for a competency-based assessment. Below are the required documents for your initial online application:

A) Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

As an internationally trained health care professional, you will need to provide information about your health care education and training, and supply the following accepted documents:

  • Certificate/Diploma/Degree
  • Official transcript

B) English Language Skills

You will need to supply evidence of English language proficiency to prove you can listen, speak, read, and write in English.

If your first language is not English, you will need to upload evidence of an official English Language proficiency test. Additional information about IEHCP accepted language proficiency tests and test scores can be found here: English Language Proficiency Test Information Sheet (PDF).

If English is your first language, you may be considered for an exemption to the Language Proficiency Test. For speakers of English as a first language only, please review, complete, and upload a Language Proficiency Test Exemption Form.

C) International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) Basic Evaluation Report (or equivalent)

You will need to upload a copy of your ICES basic evaluation report, or a report from an equivalent credential evaluation body.*

How to obtain an ICES evaluation (BC Institute of Technology website)

* Accepted credential equivalents include a National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) credential assessment, a World Education Services (WES) Employment Evaluation or an International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Basic Assessment.

D) Change of Name – Official Documentation (if applicable)

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Step 2 – Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) Referral

Once the BC Care Aide Registry has reviewed the application with the required documents, qualified applicants will be provided with a referral form to complete and return. Upon receipt, the Registry will refer the applicant to the NCAS assessment process (involving scheduling, timeframes, and fees necessary to complete the full assessment).

Step 3 – NCAS Assessment

NCAS will contact you directly and outline next steps for the NCAS Assessment completion. For further information, please visit: www.ncasbc.ca.

Step 4 – Remedial Education, if required

A report will be produced after you have completed the assessment (you will receive a copy and the Registry will receive a copy). The Registry will review this report to determine if any additional education is required prior to registration. If the need for additional education is not indicated on the assessment report, you will be directly eligible for registration.

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Registry Info for Nursing Students in Canada

Registry Info for Nursing Students in Canada

Registration Information for Nursing Students in Canada

Are you a nursing student training to become a LRN, RN, or RPN in British Columbia?

To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC and while completing your nursing training, you must be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. To apply for registration as an HCA, you must have completed sufficient training in a nursing program that is approved by a Canadian nursing regulatory body. Speak to your department head for more information on when you will qualify for eligibility to register.

*Due to the standardized Provincial Curriculum for Practical Nursing, BC Practical Nursing program students may apply after successfully completing two terms or semesters.

Application Requirements:

Official Transcript from your Educational Institution

As a student currently enrolled in a nursing program in Canada, *you must have completed sufficient training. A competency reference letter is required. If you are not currently a student but have recently completed the required training, you may still be eligible.

You will need to provide information about your current health care education and training, and supply an official transcript from your current educational institution.

Interim Measure: Unofficial transcripts are being accepted temporarily (subject to full verification at a later date)   

* Nursing program must be approved by a Canadian nursing regulatory body.

Appendix 1 Nursing Student Programs – Coursework for Full HCA Registration

IMPORTANT: Interim Measure – See Temporary Emergency Registration Information Below

Student Competency Letter

This letter is issued by your nursing program, needs to be on educational institution letterhead, and should reference your competency in Health Care Assistant skills. This letter must be signed and have the contact details and credentials of the person who signed the letter. You can download a sample clinical competency letter (to be provided by your educational institution) below:

Student Competency sample letter (PDF)

Character Reference Letter

This reference letter is written by someone who knows you and is providing information on your character. The letter must be signed and dated and have the contact information of the person who signed the letter.

 

Interim Measure: The character reference letter requirement is being waived (students may attach the mandatory post secondary competency reference letter twice).

Temporary Emergency Registration – Nursing Students

For nursing program students who do not meet established coursework criteria for full registration, temporary registration (registration valid to September 30, 2020) will be possible for nursing students who apply online and provide evidence of successful completion of a minimum of one semester of foundational nursing coursework, with: 

  • Completion of a nursing skills course (including personal care skills lab practice and assessment) 
  • Supervised clinical experience in long term care and/or acute care setting (subject to program competency verification)
  • A Nursing Program Administrator (e.g. Coordinator, Assistant Dean, Dean) must provide students with a competency reference letter

 

 

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Registry Info for Canadian-licensed LPNs, RNs, or RPNs

Registry Info for Canadian-licensed LPNs, RNs, or RPNs

Registration Information for Canadian-licensed LPNs, RNs, and RPNs

Are you a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or registered psychiatric nurse licensed to practice in Canada? To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC, applicants must be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.  

Application Requirements:

Canadian Nursing Licence

As a Canadian-trained or Canadian-licensed LPN, RN, or RPN you need to supply official proof of your current (or recently expired) LPN /RN/RPN nursing licence. This proof should show your status and registration number. Proof of payment is also sufficient.

Note: If you are not licensed to practise in BC, you will need to supply a resume outlining your experience working as a licensed LPN, RN, or RPN in Canada within the past five years. Your resume should be combined with your nursing licence and uploaded in the same file.

Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

You will need to provide information about your health care education and training, and supply one of these accepted documents:

  • Certificate/Diploma/Degree
  • Official transcript

* Nursing program must be approved by a Canadian nursing regulatory body.

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

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Registry Info for Graduates of a Canadian HCA Program

Registry Info for Graduates of a Canadian HCA Program

Registration Information for Graduates of a Canadian HCA Program (outside of BC)

Are you a graduate of an HCA program in Canada (or HCA equivalent)? To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC, applicants must be registered with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

There are two pathways to registration for Graduates of Health Care Assistant (HCA) Programs* in Canada: the Expedited Pathway and the HCA Competency Assessment Pathway. Please review the requirements for each pathway to determine the one most suitable for you before you click ‘Apply’.

 *Examples of Program Names in other Canadian provinces and territories: Health Care Aide (Alberta and Manitoba), Continuing Care Assistant (Saskatchewan), Personal Support Worker (Ontario, New Brunswick and Northwest Territories), Home and Continuing Care Worker (Nunavut), Continuing Care Assistant (Nova Scotia), Resident Care Worker (PEI), Home Support Worker / Personal Care Attendant (Newfoundland & Labrador). 

 Expedited Pathway – Application Process Map

 

Expedited Pathway:

To qualify for this pathway, you must meet the requirements of Category 1 or Category 2 below:

Category 1:

For applicants who, in addition to their Canadian HCA Program credential, can provide proof of recent HCA work experience (1125 practice hours in the last 3 years or 450 practice hours in the last year) in a Canadian province or territory, and obtain a satisfactory HCA Nurse Manager Competency Reference Form (a satisfactory reference will indicate that all competencies have been met) from a recent nurse supervisor who has supervised the applicant within the last three years.

OR 

Category 2:

For applicants who graduated from a Canadian HCA education program in the last two years, who do not have enough practice hours to qualify for Category 1, and can obtain a satisfactory HCA Clinical Instructor Competency Reference Form from their clinical instructor (nurse who supervised and evaluated them during clinical practice). A satisfactory competency reference is one that indicates all competencies have been met.

Before proceeding, please be advised that BC employer participation in this Expedited Pathway is optional. To identify which BC employers are participating in hiring HCAs via this Expedited Pathway, click here.

DISCLAIMER: The Registry will not be held responsible if you are unable to find an employer willing to support you in this expedited pathway. At any time in the process, should you choose to take the HCA Competency Assessment, this pathway is available as an option.

Application Requirements for Graduates of an HCA program in Canada (or HCA equivalent) - Expedited

Application Requirements

Step 1 – Submit Online Application

The Registry will review your application to ensure it is complete. Additional documentation may be requested. Qualified applicants will be referred to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for a competency-based assessment. Below are the required documents for your initial online application:

Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

You will need to provide proof of your health care education and training by uploading one of these documents:

  • Certificate
  • Official transcript

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Step 2 – Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) Referral

Once the BC Care Aide Registry has reviewed the application with the required documents, qualified applicants will be provided with a referral form to complete and return. Upon receipt, the Registry will refer the applicant (trained in other Canadian jurisdictions) to the NCAS assessment process (involving scheduling, timeframes, and fees necessary to complete the full assessment).

Step 3 – NCAS Assessment

NCAS will contact you directly and outline next steps for the NCAS Assessment completion. For further information, please visit: www.ncasbc.ca.

Step 4 – Transition Education, if required

A report will be produced after you have completed the assessment (you will receive a copy and the Registry will receive a copy). The Registry will review this report to determine if any additional education is required prior to registration. If the need for additional education is not indicated on the assessment report, you will be directly eligible for registration.

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HCA Competency Assessment Pathway:

For applicants who do not meet the requirements of the Expedited Pathway

OR

For applicants who choose the Competency Assessment Pathway over the Expedited Pathway.

Application Requirements for Graduates of an HCA program in Canada (or HCA equivalent) - Expedited

Application Requirements

Step 1 – Submit Online Application

The Registry will review your application to ensure it is complete. Additional documentation may be requested. Qualified applicants will be referred to the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for a competency-based assessment. Below are the required documents for your initial online application:

Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

You will need to provide proof of your health care education and training by uploading one of these documents:

  • Certificate
  • Official transcript

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Step 2 – Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) Referral

Once the BC Care Aide Registry has reviewed the application with the required documents, qualified applicants will be provided with a referral form to complete and return. Upon receipt, the Registry will refer the applicant (trained in other Canadian jurisdictions) to the NCAS assessment process (involving scheduling, timeframes, and fees necessary to complete the full assessment).

Step 3 – NCAS Assessment

NCAS will contact you directly and outline next steps for the NCAS Assessment completion. For further information, please visit: www.ncasbc.ca.

Step 4 – Transition Education, if required

A report will be produced after you have completed the assessment (you will receive a copy and the Registry will receive a copy). The Registry will review this report to determine if any additional education is required prior to registration. If the need for additional education is not indicated on the assessment report, you will be directly eligible for registration.

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Registry Info for Graduates of an HCA Program in BC

Registry Info for Graduates of an HCA Program in BC

Registration Information for Graduates of an HCA Program in BC

Are you a graduate of an HCA program in BC? To be eligible to work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) in any publicly funded health care setting in BC, applicants must be registered with BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Application Requirements:

Proof of training from your Educational Institution(s)

You will need to provide information about your HCA education and training in BC, and supply one of these accepted documents:

  • Certificate
  • Official transcript
  • Official letter of completion from your educational institution

If the name on your documents does not match the name on your application, please upload official proof of your name change:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Certificate of Name Change

For information on how to apply for a legal change of name, refer to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

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